Slonimsky's Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by Ozz, Aug 19, 2002.

  1. Ozz

    Ozz Guest

    Nov 2, 2001
    suburb of dallas, tx

    I've had the thesaurus laying around for quite some time. I've been at a total loss of how to use it in my practice time. It's quite intimidating, opening up the book and seeing scale after scale....

    Where should I start?

    I should probably say that I do know my major/minor scales and practice them regularly.

    I have total respect for you, Mike, and will follow your advice.

  2. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    Sorry, it has taken so long for me to respond - I've been away on a bit of a vacation.

    I have not seen that book for many years. If I remember correctly it has just the scales and modes but does not tell you how, when or where you should use them. If that is the case, I would look at some of the scales, look to see the chord(s) in the scale with the appropriate tensions and see if the scale works against some music with the same chords that the scales outline. It is mostly for experimentation but you might find some nice, unique melodic possibilities.

    With any book, look at the exercises with the mindset, "how musical is this, how can it be applied?"

    I now have to search my attic for my copy - you've piqued my interest